Saturday, February 28, 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Mardi Gras was CRAZY!! It was definitely an 'experience'!! I wish my friend Cathy and I had more friends to go would have been a lil more exciting. I had fun with Cathy, I'm glad we checked it out. I was a lil nervous at first as we first entered. I literally felt like I had bought a ticket into "Sodom and Gomorrah". Only one time during the evening did I feel like I really had. We ate at "Dick's Last Resort"---GREAT Sirloin steak! The parade was fun and we got a good amount of beads. All in all, it was just enough 'craziness' for me to handle. 3MardiGras09

Then today........WOW!! Ok, I know I talk about Mr. NY A LOT, but can you really blame me?! I know I mention how beautiful and gorgeous he is. But last night and tonight has really made me see him for his inner beauty. As busy as he always is, he took time to talk with a fellow co-worker who's going through a lot right now. It dealt with female stuff, but yet he listened. Tonight, as we were the last two in the office, I asked if she was having a better day. The way he responded made it obvious that he was thoroughly listening to her and hoping her day would be better today. I almost wanted to hug him and thank him this morning for just being such a KIND person. I use to ignorantly think that New Yorkers were cold hearted, blunt & sarcastic people. He is FAR from being what my stereotypical mind imagined.
I approached him tonight to ask how long he would be in the office, since he knows I'm not the biggest fan of being alone there. He said he'd be there for another 50 minutes and asked if I planned on staying longer. I did, in which he said that as soon as he was done with his work he'd help me with mine. Here's the thing.... My job is NOTHING like his and vice versa. However, he's been with the company for a while, so he knows his stuff. I mean, it's not like we work side by side on stuff, so for him to do my job seemed like it would be 'below' him. I didn't want him to help me, because honestly, I would rather he get out of the office. He puts in about 55-60 hours a week. Still he insisted on helping me. Ok, really, could you blame me for not TOTALLY being mad at him for wanting to stay? I finally gave in, in which he said that he just had to be out of there by 7pm. No problem... I later found out it was because he wanted to make it home in time for "Lost". Since I was going to have my nephew pick me up from work (I carpool w/ a friend) I figured we could just give Mr.NY a ride home. SWEET!! I offered & he accepted. SWEET!!
I went back to my office and continued printing out at least 100 process serves. Next thing I know he walks in to start helping me. Wow! I mean, he really had no problem with staying afterwards to help me. Really, me? Someone you happen to work with, but not 'with'. It was a really great chance to talk with him. I was 10% nervous, but 90% STOKED at the opportunity to get to know him. He's extremely easy to talk to. I can see why it was so easy for Jean to talk with him last night. He stops what he's doing and looks at you while you speak. Like I told him tonight, he is easily one of the kindest people in the office. We talked about the time he found out I was Mormon and what he meant by "I would have never guessed you were Mormon". I was always curious about that. He said that it's because I'm 'not simple or plain...because you do your hair differently each day' [HELLO!! You know my heart skipped a beat once that was out there! Wow, so he does know I exist each and every day!!?! WOWZERS!!]. I also 'don't have straight hair or wear the buttoned up white or blue collared shirts'. So I'm thinkin' on Friday I'm gonna straighten my hair and wear a buttoned shirt just to tease him a bit.
Oh, and if you're wondering about the ride such thing. My nephew's parents didn't feel comfortable with him driving Downtown by himself so my sister-in-law was going to come with him. Ok, I couldn't have it be awkward in all of us giving Mr.NY a ride home. So I approached him with it and he was COMPLETELY cool about it. Seriously, he reassured me that he was okay about it and not to even think twice about it. As he left for the night, he made sure that I was going to be okay and to promise to call if anything should arise in the office. (In which I later did, due to trying to lock the office)
Even though I got to hang out with him for a good 20 minutes, it didn't deepen my crush for him. If anything, it made my appreciation grow for him-as a person and a friend.. It reassures me that there are still 'gentlemen' out there. I can see him more as a person than a mere office crush, and I'm extremely glad for that. I mean, don't get me wrong....he's still beautiful, but it's definitely more than just skin deep.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Countin' down til Fat Tuesday!

I'm excited for Tuesday---MARDI GRAS!! WWWWHOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!! I've always had a secret love for the holiday. It must have started when I was a kid. My Dad's co-worker, Fitz, would always come home from an annual trip to New Orleans with a can full of bead necklaces for me. My Dad, being an immigrant from Tonga, didn't grow up with "Mardi Gras". Maybe if my Dad knew why Fitz had these bead necklaces left over from his "trip", I'm sure they wouldn't have landed in my possession.
For the last couple of years my friends and I have tried to do something for Mardi Gras. A couple times Liz and I have wanted to go Downtown for the celebrations, but it always ended up raining. Two years ago Britty and I tried to celebrate it, but the closest we got to it was...oh, nevermind. It's a lil embarrassing. So this year, my co-worker Mamacita and I are finally doing it! We're buying our tickets tomorrow and we're strapping on our masks!! I'm excited!! No, I won't be "working" for my beads--I'll obtain them by other means :). I'm excited for the parade and dancing in the streets to some sweet Zydeco tunes!!
See ya Tuesday, Mardi Gras!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Smut--party of one.

MAN! I'm a punk.
I got home right now with my parents and the drive way was blocked by my brother's truck and a large SUV I didn't recognize. My Mom honked once. No response. Then she tried to park in front of my brother's truck and couldn't quite fit so she honked again. Nothing! I called the house where he was obviously inside of. NOTHING!! So I grab my stuff from my Mom's van and storm up the driveway and inside I can see him sitting on the couch. Through the screen door I can only see his legs and someone else's--not exactly sure who's. Trying to fit thru the door with a large box and packages, I sternly say to him "Twice, dude, Mom honked...." and before I could finish I realize it's a face I've only seen once in my life. Trying not to drop everything from my arms, I awkwardly pass through the living room apologizing to the guests in our house. As I finally drop everything in my Mom's room, I finally realize it's my cousin Miko and his brother-in-law Matt. I had to go back out there so I could help my blind Dad into the house. I felt about this small. Anywho, I went out there, hugged my cousin and quickly bee-lined for the door. UGH!! I feel terrible that I busted attitude that badly in front of our guests, especially one I've only met once in my life and one I hardly ever see these days.

If I had introduced myself again, I'm sure I could have went with..."Hi, I'm Jerkface, nice to meet you".

and p.s. I didn't get the car after all. It ended up being A LOT higher than what I wanted to pay. GRR!!


oh man! oh man! I'm nervous today. Nervous is probably the understatement of the year. I'm EXTREMELY TERRIFIED!! Today I'm trying to buy a car. I'm nervous. I'm nervous that I'm buying the wrong car. I'm nervous it won't be the best gas mileage out there. I'm nervous that the car price is too high. I'm nervous it might not be a super reliable car. I'm terrified it might not be the best car out there for me. AAAAHHHHHH!!!!! I'm terrified I haven't done ALL the research I could in finding a car. Dang, I wish someone could just do this for me. I dislike having to buy a new car. UGH!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

for 2.21.09

To do list:
Get better.
Buy new jeans.
Buy Mardi Gras mask and beads!
Buy a car.
Plan Gospel Principle lesson.
Email change of hymns in.
Cash paycheck.
Watch "Love's Long Journey" before Sunday

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

happy happy, joy joy!

Once I kick this cold, I will DEFINITELY be jumpin' for anything and everything!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Kickin' my trash...

I don't know what this is that I have. It's like the worst cold known to mankind. I'm so grateful it's a 3 day weekend, I would have NEVER survived at work today. While in the shower, I thought I was going to faint. My muscles feel like they've all atrophied. I had to get out of the shower quickly or else I was going to topple over on to the glass doors. I wasn't even able to wash all the conditioner out of my hair. Oh well, something had to be sacrificed. It could have been worse, it could have been shampoo instead. Eek! I feel weak! Like I'm moving around like a 90 year old. Ugh! I hate colds...or whatever it is that I have.

Valentine's Day was eh-okay. I got to see my Temple crush on Saturday. He's not really one to make eye contact, apparently. I guess he's that shy? I dunno....
Anyways, I went to my family's ward Valentine's Day party. It was a sock-hop in which I was grateful I could reuse my Halloween costume. The party was kinda boring and I totally wished I stayed home since I started to feel the cold coming on. Reminds me of the ward Valentine's party 5 years ago when I first got home from my mission. I had barely been home for 2 days when my Mom said there was a ward Vday party. I figured I'd go with her because I was excited to see several ward members. Long story short, my Mom dropped me off and hung out with my Aunt that night and I ended up talking to one of the YW in the foyer for the evening. Nice, real nice. It was actually an adults only dance, aka: couples night out. GRR!! I think I'm NEVER going to another ward VDay party! I'm done.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Note to self: Find a Valentine!

There's something about this photo that still brings such a big smile to my face.

I don't know if it's because of Mr.NY's "Huh?" face...

...or PJ's face in the back....

......or Mamacita being happy that Mr.NY and I are in a photo together.....

.........or my GINORMOUS grin.

I just can't help but laugh.

Today was a C-R-A-Z-Y day at work!! I never thought the phone would stop ringing!! CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY!! I'm so glad that through the craziness of the day, I've got something pretty to glance at....

Thank you New York for creating something so gorgeous and kind. I appreciate it.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Two more people from my single's ward are now engaged?!
Two weeks ago, a close friend got engaged to her long time boyfriend.
Three weeks ago another friend from church also got engaged....
DUDE, ARE YOU KIDDIN' ME?!? Am I living back in Utah or something?!?! Dude, this is ridiculous!? Crazy!? AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
And then, on an even sadder note.... Feb. 15th makes me a 'VL', again. I'm not too sure which one i'm more bummed about?! UGH!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

2 days, that's it!

Saved text message from my phone:

From: Britty
Can you go 2 days without drooling over a guy as hot as he?
Good luck my friend. God speed. :)
Tue, Nov 18 4:53PM

Last week Mr. NY moved to a different desk in the office--TOTALLY out of sight! GRR!! The only time I see him now is when he gets up to use the printer in front of my desk (there's a large glass window between my desk and the printer, so much for that...) I'm bummed about his new desk location...oh well, it could be worse, he could have moved out of the office altogether! AAAAHHHHH!!! Anyway, I made it my goal to just get over Mr.NY, as hot as he is--'Out of sight, out of mind', right? . I started yesterday and it went well. Treated him just like anyone else in the office, didn't even notice when he did come near my desk.

This was going to be easy! This was totally in the bag!

Day 2: Yep, still going about my work day like he doesn't even exist! "Wow, this is getting so much easier! No more butterflies in my stomach!" That was til he came to my office with a question for me. I started to falter..."Stay strong Ehu, you can do it!" A half hour later, I noticed something and thought I'd bring it to his attention. I didn't need to, but I figured it'd give me a chance to talk to him. "Wait, what? Now, I want to talk to him?!" As soon as I started talking to him, I could feel the last nail in the coffin... Then, to make matters "worse", he did the 'Christmas face' and it was all over! He had empathy for me & my work load so his adorable face scrunched up in such a way that made me completely and utterly forget I even had a goal in the first place.


Oh well, someday I'll hit my '2 days' goal! Someday....maybe.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Random Schmandom!

I have so many things on my mind....

-I found a car I LOVE, but don't know when I can get a chance to look at it...considering it's a 40 min. drive away. UGH!! It's PERFECT!! I NEED IT NOW!!

-I want to plan a wedding...random, I know! Luckily my visiting teaching partner, Nashelli, is getting married in March. I'll be helping her with the flowers! Hey, something's better than nothing, right?

-I called in sick on Friday, I'm feeling much better. I'm sure staying in bed all day Friday and Saturday reading "Eclipse" really helped :) I'm loving "Breaking Dawn" thus far. GO TEAM EDWARD!

-I can't wait til Summer!! I LOVE SUMMER!! April 6--San Diego Padres Opening Day!!! WHOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

-...and with that said, I'm still mad that I haven't done anything about replacing my gym pass. GRR!!

-I'm really looking forward to Nashelli & Luis' wedding. I'm the only friend they invited to their Temple sealing. I'm so stoked!! Plus, it's a Mexican reception--HELLO GOOD FOOD AND DANCING MUSIC!! I cant' wait. Should I even try finding a date?! Nah!

-...crap, now I really should do something about that stupid gym pass. DANGIT!!

-ok, it's past midnight and I need/want to read somemore. I can't wait for another 3 day weekend! WWHHHOOOOOOOO!! Dang, I want that car!

-oh by the way, my family ward is having a Valentine's Day sock hop. For some CRAZY reason, I'm really excited to go. I already have my outfit too!! Thank goodness I saved my Halloween costume!

Friday, February 6, 2009

The Creation Challenge:

Last Sunday, after I taught my Sunday school class on "The Creation", I challenged the class to take time each day to recognize and appreciate some of God's creations.

My most favorite time of day is when the sun's setting. It is truly a spectacular sight to take in. I love the way red and purple stretch across the sky. I love the rich golden sun as it sets and makes it's final impression for the day. It is so breathtaking to take in. To me, I cannot deny that God loves us so much to create something this magnificent and for our enjoyment.

Tuesday, as I was left work after 5pm, a warm gentle breeze caressed my face. It was just right...perfect, actually. The weather was exceptionally wonderful, considering the time of day and season. Is this really winter? S'wonderful!

Yesterday morning as we drove towards the freeway, I couldn't help but notice the large mountains to the east. I love that 2 minute drive because it makes me grateful to see the big beautiful mountain range through my windshield while in my rear view mirrior I can see the vast, blue Pacific Ocean. Where else can one get the best of both worlds like that?!

Last night, when I got home a little after 11 and turned off the car, I was stunned as to how bright the moon was. It was simply exquisite. With the car's headlights and house porch light off, I could see everything so clearly--especially for it being close to midnight. The stars were radiant. I could see Orion, I always love that. I marveled at the clouds as they swiftly drifted across the sky. The evening wind was gentle, not cold or harsh. If ever I could describe an ideal evening, that would have been it.
The Earth is such a beautiful place. I think we all need to take time out of our lives and just stop to smell the roses....notice a sunset or even just enjoy the scenery. It's worth it. I promise.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Pay It Forward...

(borrowed from Tasha!)
{The Rules}

1. Be one of the first THREE bloggers to leave a comment on this post, which then entitles you to a handmade item from me - something crafty or yummy, who knows?!

2. Winners must post this challenge on your blog, meaning that you will Pay It Forward, creating a handmade gift -anything!- for the first THREE bloggers who leave a comment on YOUR post about this giveaway!

3. The gift that you send to your 3 Friends can be from any price range and you have 365 days to make/ship your item. This means you should be willing to maintain your blog at least until you receive your gift and have shipped your gifts. And, remember: It’s the Spirit and the Thought That Count!

4. When you receive your gift, please feel free to blog about it, sharing appropriate Linky Love! If you are not one of the Top Three Commenters on this post, you can still play along. Go ahead and start your own Pay It Forward chain, and encourage your blogging friends to do the same! SO, REMEMBER...Pay it forward! (ok, I did NOT type this last paragraph! Can you really imagine me saying "Linky Love"?)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Thank You Etta James.

I was just thinking about what I would want as my wedding song. For along time it was a song by Na Leo Pilimehana. I think at this rate, at my ripe ol' age of 'twentysomething', it'll have to be "At Last". I think it would be funny to choose that song, because really...that's exactly what I [and everyone else] would be thinking, "AT LAST!!"

By the way, this is what I did on my day off....hung out and jumped around.
(for privacy reasons, I've blurred my niece's face)
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